Olympus TG-630 iHS Review

Overall 45
Imaging 9
Features 37
Size 89
Price 1

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 98 x 66 x 22 mm
  • Weight: 167 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Olympus TG-630 iHS Summary

This review is devoted to TG-630 iHS that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 08, 2013. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #8 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #376 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus TG-630 iHS Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus TG-630 iHS review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 196 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus TG-630 iHS With Other Cameras in Waterproof Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus TG-630 iHS. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Waterproof cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus TG-630 iHS

Olympus TG-630 iHS has the following external dimensions 98 x 98 x 22 mm (38.58 x 25.98 x 8.66″) with the weight of 167 g.

The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus TG-630 iHS, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus TG-630 iHS is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 22mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus TG-630 iHS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus TG-630 iHS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus TG-630 iHS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus TG-630 iHS — 220 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 274 shots
Max: 380 shots

Thickness

Olympus TG-630 iHS — 22 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Olympus TG-630 iHS — 167 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Olympus TG-630 iHS‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof features.

Olympus TG-630 iHS Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus TG-630 iHS boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus TG-630 iHS has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus TG-630 iHS. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus TG-630 iHS features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus TG-630 iHS is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus TG-630 iHS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus TG-630 iHS

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-630 iHS is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus TG-630 iHS are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, TG-630 iHS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, TG-630 iHS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus TG-630 iHS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus TG-630 iHS allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Olympus TG-630 iHS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Olympus TG-630 iHS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect TG-630 iHS to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus TG-630 iHS provides a shooting life of 220, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Olympus TG-630 iHS is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Olympus TG-630 iHS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus TG-630 iHS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus TG-630 iHS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the TG-630 iHS to the average Waterproof camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus TG-630 iHS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus TG-630 iHS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 57. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus TG-630 iHS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus TG-630 iHS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus TG-630 iHS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 33. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus TG-630 iHS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (98 x 66 x 22 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus TG-630 iHS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus TG-630 iHS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 53. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus TG-630 iHS can be called a 53 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (220 shots)
  • Small size (98 x 66 x 22 mm)

Olympus TG-630 iHS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus TG-630 iHS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 50. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus TG-630 iHS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (167 g)
  • Small size (98 x 66 x 22 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus TG-630 iHS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus TG-630 iHS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus TG-630 iHS can be called a 48 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus TG-630 iHS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model TG-630 iHS
Announced Jan 08, 2013
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3968 x 2976
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof Yes
Freeze Proof Yes
Weight 167 g
Physical Dimensions 98 x 66 x 22 mm
Battery Life 220 shots
Battery Type 220 shots
Battery Model LI-50B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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